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  • In Gansbaai, the largest white shark ever caught was at Danger Point and measured up to 5.9m. The exact world record white shark is a contested issue, but chances are it is between 6-7m.

  • If you see a white shark in the water don’t panic. Chances are high that the shark has already detected you and isn’t interested. White shark attacks are normally associated with poor visibility, so avoid murky conditions.

  • White sharks have a unique system called a “counter current heat exchange”, which keeps their body  tempreture +/- 7C above the surrounding water temperature. 

  • All sharks have an incredibly unique system on the tip of their nose called the “ampillae of Lorenzini”. These are small pores filled with a gel that transmits the electrical currents in the water to the shark’s brain so that it can assess its environment.

  • White sharks give birth to live young (not eggs), and they give birth to 6-8 pups at one time. Pups are usually between 1.0-1.5m in length and are born with teeth.

  • Body language has been a well documented form of shark communication and has identified body arching, jaw gaping, and other postures as specific social tactics.

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Daily trip 29 August 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: shark cage diving,

Author: Nicola Stelluto (Environmental Ecologist)
My initial love for the environment occurred at a young age when my father and I use to watch animal documentaries on Sunday evenings. I was hooked on anything ocean related when I saw these amazing submersibles going to such extreme depth in the ocean and discovering previously unseen things. To be the first to go somewhere where no one has been before was the first thing that attracted me to the field of natural sciences.

Guest comment: “Fantastic day out, informative trip as well as exciting! Awe-inspiring experience.” Tristan.

“Really informative, friendly and helpful volunteers/staff/crew! Very well run and will be sure to recommend!” Adam.

“Thank you for a great day! Apart from finding out I have sea sickness, I thoroughly enjoyed my time! The soup was needed after the cold, thanks!” Amrik.

29/08/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.4 'C
Depth: 11m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: swell and wind

We definitely had one of our winter days out at sea today, with the overcast and windy conditions making it quite chilly. Luckily the best thing after a nice shark dive is putting on some warm dry clothes! The sharks were nice and big, with the largest one being in the range of 4.5 meters. Always great to see such a big shark around the cage and even better to hear everyone’s reactions! AWESOME :)! Lovely bunch of people on board today, both young and not so young! Thanks for joining us...



If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator.

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